“It’s not the load that breaks you down,
it’s the way you carry it.”
— Lena Horne
“The good or bad is not in the circumstance,
but only in the mind of him that encounters it.”
— James Allen
I love Lena Horne’s quote above. Think of it this way:
As you are going through life daily, you have a bag over your shoulder and you are collecting things to put into your bag. Each thing that you see that you become grateful for, a helium balloon goes into your bag. Each thing that you complain about or are not pleased with, a lead sinker goes into your bag.
If by the end of the day, you have a serious pile of sinkers in your bag, it really can weigh you down and make you tired and sore. You just drag yourself home and can’t wait to watch some TV and unwind from all the crap you had to deal with all day. You retire to sleep dreading the coming of tomorrow and having to do it all over again. You wonder how it is you got such a raw deal in life.
If by the end of the day, you have a serious number of helium balloons in your bag, you just float home and can’t wait to share your experiences and love before you begin again renewed and refreshed. You arise rested and interested–no, fascinated with what wonderful things might happen today. Joy is your modus operandi.
The circumstances may be the same, but the loads are very different.
So, thinking about this scenario, who are we hurting by complaining, and talking about what is wrong? It is certainly not enlightening anyone. It is obviously, hurting only ourselves.
Who are we lifting up with praise and compliments? Sure, if we say them aloud, other people are influenced; however, it is ourselves that get the real benefit.
Do I want to be weighed down all day and come home and try and get high or do I want to be high all day and come home and share the joy?
Tough question. Let’s see. . .
I Choose Helium! Makes Me Talk Funny Too. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Check your bag often today to see what is being collected. More helium, please. . .